Under Armour notebook: Driskel struggling

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s been a rough Under Armour start for Jeff Driskel.

The nation’s No. 1 quarterback has been harassed during the first two days of practice and has found himself making a handful of mistakes.

Confined to a yellow non-contact jersey and with no real chance to use his feet, Florida’s prized commit had two interception-heavy days at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. With little time to throw and defenders closing in on him fast, the Click-Clack (Red) quarterback found it hard to pick just one guy who has impressed him the most on the other side of the ball.

“Pretty much every defensive player is standing out to me,” Driskel said. “The defenses are good. Defenders are flying around all over the place. They’re making play after play.”

Driskel’s struggles should be expected with new guys around him and much better talent coming after him, but he has made his own set of plays. Toward the end of Monday’s practice, Driskel threw a couple of touchdown passes during goal-line drills.

With the defense usually ahead of the offense during all-star preparations, Driskel said the offense needs a little extra time for that chemistry to fall into place.

“Guys on the offense, we’re going to get it together, we’re going to be all right,” he said. “We just have to have a few days to gel.”

The other thing that will help come Wednesday’s game is the fact that Driskel’s legs won’t be restricted. He’s not allowed to really move outside the pocket much now, but will be back to using his feet to get him out of sticky situations when the real game starts.

“The coaching staff is not really letting us free (to run), but in the game I’m looking forward to making some plays,” he said.

Waisome wasn’t pushed out
While rumors of Groveland South Lake cornerback Nick Waisome being pushed out of his Florida commitment have been swarming, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Gainesville Sun that wasn’t the case.

The source said Waisome met with Muschamp during his official visit last month, but “just didn’t feel it” the same way he did with Urban Meyer. The day Meyer resigned, Waisome’s commitment instantly became shaky.

With uncertainty in Gainesville, Waisome, an early enrollee, said he felt more comfortable with Florida State’s situation and committed to the Seminoles the day he decommitted from Florida.

Waisome hasn’t been contacted by anyone from Florida’s staff since he decommitted.

Best matchup
Not many could stop Rock Hill, S.C., South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney Sunday. I guess that’s why he’s the No. 1 player in the country.

At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Clowney overpowered everyone he went against during the Click-Clack practice. I’m sure those guys are pretty happy they won’t have to deal with him during Wednesday night’s game.

Clowney even made the hit of the day when he reverse pancaked Rockdale, Texas, offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark. It was like the Texas Tech commit had no idea what he was facing when Clowney pinned him on the ground the instant he got off the line of scrimmage.

However, there was one — and only one — lineman to really hold his own against Clowney. Beltsville, Md., DeMatha Catholic, tackle Cyrus Kouandjio was punished early by Clowney, but consistently held his own after.

On one play, Clowney almost knocked Kouandjio to the ground, but the tackle recovered and kept Clowney away from the quarterback.

This matchup will only get better this week.

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  1. Well, I don’t care if Waisome’s story is that he was pushed out or not. The fact that none of the Florida coaches have even bothered to contact him since he decommitted is pretty telling, don’t you think? If Muschamp wanted him, he wouldn’t be ignoring him.

  2. I find it a bit odd that Waisome hasn’t been contacted by UF. I guess Muschamp didn’t mesh with him either. Or, has Muschamp simply been working on his staff so he could focus on recruiting? Interesting either way.

  3. Waisome would have been great. The reason they didn’t contact is because he signed his letter of intent already. There is no point. He would have to set out a year upon transferring. Clowney is good but don’t be fooled he will be put down by the OL of what ever school he chooses. Kouandjio is closer to being NFL ready than Clowney.

  4. Waisome committed to the Noles on Dec. 20th, the first day of the dead period. Muschamp could not have contacted Waisome prior to today without violating NCAA rules.

    Waisome plans to enroll early at FSU, starting next week, if I remember correctly. If Muschamp wants Waisome he only has a few days to do so, as once Waisome completes the enrollment paperwork at FSU, it’s over. He may have already done so.

  5. Give Muschamp a chance, he hasn’t even moved into his new office yet and many are already belly-aching about this class. There is still alot of time left and alot of official visits on UF’s plate. I’m sure the class will turn out fine………….. Waisome de-commiting hurt, though I don’t blame him. Just about every staff member that has developed a relationship with the kid over the last two years is gone. Honestly, I’m surprised we didn’t lose more. I think we’ve been real fortunate to hang on to what we have now, with the whole coaching staff in complete transistion. Kudos to coach Boom for keepiing the class afloat.